The Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) received notification of its re-accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM formerly the American Association of Museums) in 2012. American Alliance of Museums president Ford. W. Bell said,
“The museum exceeded the highest national standards in all that it does — its governance, its collections stewardship, its public programs and its overall operations,” said American Alliance of Museums president Ford W. Bell, “Our congratulations to director Dr. Allys Palladino-Craig and staff, as well as to the FSU community for nurturing and supporting such a fine institution.”
Museum accreditation is a self-motivated process involving an extensive operational study and close peer review. As a nationally recognized “seal of approval,” accreditation is awarded to museums with the highest professional standards and strong commitment to best practices. According to AAM, just 4.5% of the estimated 17,500 museums in the country are accredited.
After completing an exhaustive self-study, the Museum underwent a site evaluation by an AAM review committee in February, 2012. The review committee was impressed by MoFA’s “experimentation, commitment to social-issue projects, and investigation of themes in highly original exhibitions and projects.” The Museum was commended for its continued pursuit of institutional improvement and commitment to excellence.
MoFA was initially accredited in 2003 and launched the application for re-accreditation in the summer of 2010. The process can take up to three years and MoFA completed it in two — another testament to the efficiency and professionalism of the Museum’s leadership and staff.
“This is simply a validation of what we already know. MoFA is a point of pride for FSU,” said Lynn Hogan, Interim Dean of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance.
MoFA will remain accredited until the next review cycle in 2026.